MHCC to Host Gluten-Free Food Fair Oct. 19
Posted: October 8, 2013
The Science division at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will host a gluten-free food fair for students and the public, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Vista dining center.
Admission is free to MHCC students and employees with photo I.D.; $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.
The fair will include more than 40 vendors that specialize in gluten-free products. Talks from local experts will take place at 11 a.m. (Gluten-Free 101) and other related topics will be presented at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Fair-goers will have a chance to sample gluten-free food products and ask questions about food preparation and nutritional content. Information will be available about gluten-related health disorders and how to support family members who suffer from gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Jack Brook, nutrition instructor at MHCC, says students who attend the fair will enhance their knowledge of the digestive system and gastro-intestinal disorders, including those related to gluten. “As a registered dietitian, I want my students to learn about the most common nutrition-related disorders so they can serve as an integral part of a healthcare team in the future.” he says.
The Gluten-Free Food Fair is sponsored by the Gluten Intolerance Group and MHCC.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains. About 1 in 133 people in developed nations have allergic reactions to gluten, some of which can be severe enough to be life-threatening.
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